Chernobyl: Miniseries Reviews

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June 14, 2019
With renewed interest in the 33-year-old disaster has come a curious sense of moralizing proprietorship - which makes you wonder what, exactly, people are getting from the miniseries.
June 7, 2019
Chernobyl is interested in a hyperrealistic take on an autocratic society, where change is slowly and painfully chipped at from within. Its heroes aren't glamorous revolutionaries, but tweedy bureaucrats and scientists.
June 4, 2019
It's rare to find entertainment that imbues import into the mundane so well.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 31, 2019
The series is upsetting, gritty. The show's visual spectrum runs from gray to olive, the affective one from dangerous to drab. But there is something heroic-wasteful and sad, but admirable nonetheless-in the way of giant sacrifices...
May 7, 2019
They've done a really great job depicting the emergency... [And] It's this amped-up version of the debate that we have now about issues like global warming and our inability to agree on facts apart from political spin.
May 7, 2019
Depressing as it may be, Chernobyl, created and written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck, is a fine study in the uses of sanctioned obfuscation.
June 21, 2019
[Director Johan] Renck knows how to register the horror... but he also has a lyrical eye. [Full review in Spanish]
June 14, 2019
Chernobyl does what the best stories do: It details events within a specific time and place while also revealing deeper truth that extends well beyond the bounds of a single narrative.
June 11, 2019
Drama based on Russian disaster is brutal but relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 11, 2019
One of the best series in the history of television. [Full review in Spanish]
June 11, 2019
Craig Mazin's exceptional series will cement itself as a deeply personal and poignantly crafted piece of art that not only serves as a historical reminder but as a warning to those who are willing to pay the price of cutting corners on a world stage.
June 10, 2019
HBO's five-part Chernobyl series is perhaps one of the best examples of cosmic horror that has ever been filmed, and that feat is made more impressive by the fact that the show is based on real-world events.
June 7, 2019
The series' ambition goes beyond the beauty of the horror. It's more than a simple chronicle, or the dramatization of real facts. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 6, 2019
Craig Mazin's 'Chernobyl' and its five episodes of creeping dread could not have come at a better modern socio-cultural and political moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 6, 2019
By focusing on the commonly human instead of getting bogged down in politics or tempted by the lure of a central set-piece spectacle, is where Chernobyl stands out.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 5, 2019
Unlike some historical miniseries, which take liberties with the truth, Chernobyl looks utterly legit.
June 5, 2019
A pure and majestic exercise in terror. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 5, 2019
A masterful suspense tale directed with nerve-shredding gusto by Johan Renck... The way Mazin distills the complexity of the situation into potent dialogue is a marvel.
June 5, 2019
Chernobyl honors the heroes who saved us. "There was nothing sane about Chernobyl," Legasov says, but he was wrong. The human response to the disaster and the desire to protect the living-I can't think of anything more sane than that.
June 5, 2019
The finale is the show's crowning achievement.
May 7, 2019
The show's best in small moments, suggesting subtly how Chernobyl revealed the existing horrors of a political system that would flail off history's stage just a few years later.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 7, 2019
It's hard to imagine a more despairing portrait of humanity's continuing capacity to ruin itself than this account of a disaster that's three decades old.
May 7, 2019
It's a portrait of a meltdown on too many levels to count. It doesn't take a nuclear physicist to see why it makes a lot of sense to look back on this moment right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 7, 2019
Mazin name-checks most of the pertinent facts of the story. But his cheap theatrics... detract from the real tragedy of the story.
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